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Norwood schools to be sanitized this weekend; school superintendent among those self-quarantining after attending party with resident diagnosed with coronavirus

Norwood town officials announced today that among the 29 people told to self quarantine after attending a party on Sunday with a resident who later tested positive for Covid-19 is School Superintendent David Thomson.

Unlike the resident and at least two other people - including town General Manager Tony Mazzucco - who started feeling ill after the party, Thomson feels fine, but will be staying at home just in case, officials said in a statement today.

Superintendent Thomson will work from home next week and will be able to return to school when the self quarantine period ends on Monday, March 16, if he remains symptom free.

Schools will open on Monday as usual, officials said, adding:

Parents are encouraged to send their children to school next week. Please stay informed and we will notify parents if there are any updates. There is no known exposure to the schools and the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus remains low across the state, including in Norwood.

Out of an abundance of caution, the district is taking the opportunity while the schools remain empty this weekend to call in custodial staff to sanitize and disinfect all Norwood schools and the district office. Additionally, the schools will continue to be diligently cleaned as they routinely are during cold and flu season.

Thomson said:

The district has remained in close contact with our town health department officials and they assure me that there is no current cause for concern for students when it comes to attending school in Norwood. If there are any changes to that sentiment we will certainly let parents and the school community know as quickly as possible.



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